Refreshing Summer Drinks

Well, summer is here!!  And the warmer weather has arrived also.  So everyone is in search of a tasty way to quench their thirst during the summer months.  I have been looking for some new and refreshing summer drinks to try.  I may have found what I'm looking for on Food Network.

Here is a look at just a few of the drinks that are of interest to me:

1.  Looking for a twist on iced tea?  Try this Peach Ginger Tea.  


It is made with, of course, canned peaches and grated ginger.

2.  Or maybe you need a pick me up protein punch?  Try a Fruity Protein Shake.  Purée 2 ounces silken tofu, 1 cup frozen fruit, 1/4 cup fruit juice, 1/2 cup soy milk and a little honey.

3.  Are you a fan of berry drinks?  Maybe this Berry-Guava Lemonade will be perfect for you.


This drink combines fresh sliced strawberries and guava juice.


4.  Want something very light?  Try some Cucumber Water:  Combine 1 gallon ice water, 1 sliced lemon and 1/2 sliced cucumber; chill.  


5.  Is a seasonal drink something you prefer?  This Watermelon Coconut Cooler seems interesting.

This drink combines fresh sliced strawberries and guava juice.


4.  Want something very light?  Try some Cucumber Water:  Combine 1 gallon ice water, 1 sliced lemon and 1/2 sliced cucumber; chill.  


5.  Is a seasonal drink something you prefer?  This Watermelon Coconut Cooler seems interesting.


Because watermelon is a seasonal summer fruit, it will be readily available for this drink.  I'm not a fan of watermelon, but I love coconut.  So I would be willing to give this a try.  I would just omit the vodka.

Get more drink ideas and recipes at foodnetwork.com

What is your favorite summer drink?  Do you have a recipe to share?


**all photos and recipes courtesy of foodnetwork.com

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